Board of Elections
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning warned that the Board of Election's voting machine problems may mean New Yorkers won't know who their new mayor is until 2014.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this afternoon warned that the Board of Elections risked electoral disaster unless it brought back its old, non-electronic voting machines.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning said he doubts the Board of Elections' ability to run this year's mayoral election.
"I don't know how they're gonna get through this," he said.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks the Board of Elections is very badly run, and yesterday's presidential elections did nothing to convince him otherwise.
"There's no reason to have a system like we have, administered like we have it," the mayor told reporters at City Hall on Wednesday.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's disdain for the city's dysfunctional Board of Elections is apparently more powerful than his desire to see his ally, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, elected mayor next year.
The Board of Elections has asked the state to move next year's mayoral primary from September to June, something that would probably benefit Quinn more than her likely mayoral rivals.
Today, Bloomberg said it's a "terrible idea."
Democratic state senator Adriano Espailat received an early endorsement from the Working Families Party in his re-election campaign, but, according to a Board of Elections spokesperson, he may not appear on that ballot line because he filed his paperwork late.
Espaillat is expected to appeal the late filing when the Board of Elections meets on Monday. If successful, he would appear on the WFP line during the November general election.
In a courtroom packed with onlookers anticipating the next twist in the tightening congressional race between Charlie Rangel and Adriano Espaillat, an attorney for Espaillat told Justice Donna Mills this afternoon that the campaign would withdraw its current slate of complaints about Tuesday's primary and file a broader petition tomorrow.(1)
Representative Charlie Rangel sent out a fund-raising email to supporters this morning, appealing for donations to help fight any potential legal battles in his suddenly close race for re-election against State Senator Adriano Espaillat.
After declaring victory on primary night based on the unofficial tallies, it was discovered that several pro-Espaillat precincts hadn't been accounted for, leading the race to tighten significantly as those counts came in. Over the weekend, the Board of Elections sent out an updated, but still unofficial count, that put Rangel ahead by 802 votes.
Adriano Espaillat's campaign for Congress, which was thought to be over when he conceded to Charlie Rangel on Election Night, will appear in New York County court on Monday to challenge the process of counting ballots in what has become an increasingly close margin.
“We are pleased with the Court’s decision to hold a hearing on the Board of Elections’ proceedings in the 13th Congressional District race," said spokesman Ibrahim Kahn in a statement announcing the hearing.